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Hello to all

I am a 45 year old female who found out yesterday that my cervical spine seems to be a mess. In February 2009 I had a C5/C6 fusion after a car accident. I was told that I would probably have some issues with the levels above and below my fusion. A couple of months ago, the pain in my neck started getting so bad I couldn't sleep. I went to the Ortho and had xrays and an MRI. The C4/C5 level is good, but the C6/C7 level has deteriorated to the point where I now need a second surgery. Actually the C3/C4 level is just as bad as the C6/C7, but my doctor said that he didn't want to fuse the whole neck now because I am only 45 and I would need additional surgeries, pins and rods later if he fused the entire neck, so he's looking at removing the hardware on C5/C6 and fusing C5-C7. The first surgery I had an allograft, but this surgeon wants to use a portion of my hip. I've been reading about horror stories, so I'm going to read more through the posts and see what other's have done.
Thank you for allowing me to post...it's hard to explain, even to my husband, just how frustrating the pain is and the knowledge that my neck is a mess.


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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